Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Has a SWAT Team

Categories: Awesome

tpwdswat.jpg
TPWD
The man in the photo to the left isn't a Ranger in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He's a Texas game warden, kitted out to check your deer tags or lead a paramilitary, kick-the-door-in assault on your tent. The militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete: Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team.

The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours, TPWD boasts, and is modeled after what military types call a "force multiplier," which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. At what, you ask? In this Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine story, they list potential missions like "border operations, dignitary protection or any sort of high-risk law enforcement, such as serving felony arrest warrants or hostage situations.

Stuff can get real down in the dusty arroyos of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Hell, a Mexican man on a burro might try to sell you a carved statuette. In fairness, a game warden's average suspect is usually carrying a high-powered rifle. But something tells me some of these guys couldn't wait to shuck those slacks and Stetsons and put on a fresh pair of BDU pants and a Kevlar helmet.

"We're steeped in tradition and very mindful of our past," said special ops chief Grahame Jones. "It's an important part of who we are, but we have to look to the future."

And the future is a camo AR. Now, if Texas truly intends to secede, it's got its own military force ready and waiting. We've even got a Navy! TPWD has 564 vessels, including a 65-foot gulf patrol ship, and gunboats mounted with .30 cal machine guns.

My Voice Nation Help
118 comments
holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

When I first saw that clown dressed up in military garb I thought it was a DO sight gag, like they like to do.

I mean after all, that night vision gear is a bit over the top. Something out of "Mars Attacks!" Then there are the state flag badges and the deer in the headlamp mind-controlled vibe stare.  A regular Lil Abner double whammy.

And to think that fool can be anywhere in the state in four hours.


cdfink
cdfink

So much for marauding bears and jackelopes. Those guys are meat! 

cdfink
cdfink

I'll tell you why this is such a brilliant idea. Imagine this scenario:


Terrorists, with hostages, are tailed by a sixty car convoy containing the FBI, US Marshalls, Texas State Police, The Secret Service, and Texas Rangers into Texas' most remote wilderness. The road ends. The terroorists scramble up into the mountains on foot, dragging their hostages, let's say a carload of freshman cheerleaders, with them. Harrison Ford and his men are stumped. Their helicopters can't spot the fugitives through the trees. It's starting to snow, and darkness is falling. They don't have the gear or the training for a wilderness operation like this, so they call desperately the one man who, through his foresight and wise husbandry of state resources, might have the only solution to save those girls, and quite possibly the nation. On his car radio handset, Harrison Ford calls Gov Perry. Sir, we've got a situation... Stand down boys, Parks and Wildlife will take it from here.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

More of the same idiocy from the Rick Perry regime that began when one of the Governor’s top cronies and political hacks Steve McCraw seized control of Texas DPS.

McCraw has squandered millions of taxpayer dollars on hair brained schemes like Ranger Recon Teams, Highway Patrol gun boats, helicopter snipers, and increasing the DPS SWAT team ranks ten fold.

It’s a shame to see that Texas Parks & Wildlife LE Director Craig Hunter now apparently shares the same ridiculous and delusional vision with McCraw to justify the development of military assets within his agency to combat international terrorism and disrupt and dismantle trans-national gangs.  The truth is this is all part of the latest fad in law enforcement to acquire the latest weapons and paraphernalia needed to attain a certain level of the cool factor. 

doramin
doramin

Gives me a great idea for the plot of the next episode of "Parks and Recreation."

Imagine Amy Poehler in that getup.



mikeallen1965
mikeallen1965

Reassuring to know paramilitaries will be enforcing our state fishing license laws. Sad that our primarily conservative GOP state of Texas has allowed this foolishness.

rusknative
rusknative


This is reassuring, in case the Dog Park at White Rock ever gets really unruly and the dogs start rioting, smashing things, playing assault games on old white folks, looting the 7-11, and ripping off tennis shoes, cases of beer, and HDTV sets.  The PARK SWAT IS A GREAT IDEA....bet a LOT of Federal Money is in this deal...and a TON OF PSYCHOLOGICAL training and edumacatun for the SWAT members before arming them with actual weapons of crowd control and mayhem production.

TexMarine
TexMarine

Time to defund the shit out of this.

Anonamouse
Anonamouse

Remember that when you see this type of hyper-militarization of "civilian" law enforcement that it isn't a "left" or "right" issue, it's a Government issue - these guys will be out there no matter who signs their checks, and they aren't going away. Ever. Once Government takes a step forward, it never takes a step back.

Another brick in the wall...

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

"The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours,"

Have to ask, why would a Texas Parks and Wildlife Ranger need to go anywhere in the state within a 4 hour time frame?   We've got roads, schools and volunteer fire departments needing funds and equipment and they waste our money by buying military combat gear and weapons for FING park rangers?

bmarvel
bmarvel

Could we maybe unleash these guys against the wild hog population -- put them to some earthly use?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Once these federal militia storm troopers kill all the rednecks, how we gonna get rid of them?  Think about it.  They are not going to go quietly into the good night.

Make no mistake, that's not a Texas Parks and Wildlife guy.  He's funded in the name of national (internal) security and he's looking for a mission.

We've come a long way from Mt. Carmel, Ruby Ridge and Ezekiel Hernandez.

I don't care what your political flavor is, that animal pictured above should not exist.

Posse Comitatus be damned.


JoeyKneighroe
JoeyKneighroe

adding more gung-ho's to the already high strung gung-ho wardens..... Tx wildlife dept lost their funding how are they adding more heads>???

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Where are all the right wing, fair-weather Constitution-thumpers on this issue?  

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

I actually wear all that same stuff when I cover zoning matters at City Hall.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Good Lord, like we need yet another damned SWAT team in this country/state/county/park.


Here's an idea: 

Spend the money on better training for officers with their existing equipment?  Maybe issue a carbine to every regular TPW ranger and train him how to use it?



fracquestions
fracquestions

I do not envy those guys running around Big Bend dressed like that, especially from about April through November! But, it would be a great weight loss program!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I really feel sorry for all the wives.

All those tiny dicks overcompensating by dressing up like GIJoe with huge GUNS

seafoam
seafoam

@cdfink This is the greatest thing I've seen in a long time.


On another note, I really like their full color flags in the middle of the chest..... Uhhh

WarriorClass
WarriorClass

@fromtexasbygod It's not just the "cool" factor, it's prep for martial law.


Does that guy in the picture look even remotely Texan to you?

MattL11
MattL11

@ColonelAngus What does arming Texas Parks and Wildlife to the teeth have to do with expanding the Peace Corps? 

rusknative
rusknative

@holmantxWHAT IS A REDNECK, MAN?  You toss that about like you put yourself up as some elite better-than-thou superior being.  Humility and Citizenship not YOUR strong suit much.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantxYou can be shot as dead, holmantx, by one of your home-grown locally-controlled cops as by some dude in a federal get-up. In fact, it's a far more likely outcome. (See what San Diego cops did today to some motorist who got caught talking on his cell phone?)

As for Parks and Wildlife swat teamsters, you'd have a hard time showing that legally they fall under Posse Comitatus. Even if equipped by the Feds, they are part of a state agency that answers to our wonderful governor, who is not an enthusiast of Federal power. Remember, neither Homeland Security nor the Coast Guard falls under Posse Comitatus. It's very limited.


ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Gun range.

JoeyKneighroe
JoeyKneighroe

most are fatty fatfat 300lb'ers an cant pass but the shooting test

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Montemalone that's not a huge gun. and how do you have such keen insight on the size of his member? Educate us neophyte.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@MontemaloneI suspect a good  number of them are ex-GI Joes. How many cops these days are former military? Not necessarily a bad thing; maybe a very good thing. But the skills, training and mind-set of a good combat soldier are not necessarily what we want from police officers.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Should they refuse and get fired?

wcvemail
wcvemail

You don't really expect an answer, do you? 

rusknative
rusknative

@bmarvel@holmantx I remember when Gen Wesley Clark illegally "loaned" a tank to the ATF unit under Atty Gen Janet Reno to go take out the Branch Davidian complex in Waco....THAT WAS TOTALLY ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND RESULTED IN TOTAL DISASTER...YET HE HAD THE GALL TO REGISTER AND RUN FOR DEMOCRAT CANDIDACY TO BE PRESIDENT.....

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bmarvel @holmantx  


National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive ...The county sheriff said the ATF military raid on Mt. Carmel was completely unnecessary.  He knew Koresh.  All he had to do was drive out there and tell him to come on in and he would have.  The ATF was up for funding.  They were competing with all the other federal enforcement agencies for limited tax dollars.  They needed a high profile raid.  Then there is Esequiel Hernández Jr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Homeland Security not only equips SWATs across the nation, they fund them.  In return the SWATs fall under the command Homeland Security when Presidential directives declare national emergencies under "continuity of government".  This covers economic collapses (should the government become insolvent.  And most people are aware of our military's Central Command (it ran the Iraq and A-gan wars).  There is an African Command and a Southern Command. But there is a new one:

What Is NorthCom Up To? | The Progressive

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ruddski 

you two should pull a vaudeville George and Gracie (ha!)

rusknative
rusknative

@bmarvel@Montemalonebet a LOT of them underwent extensive TSA training for Airport Screening duty...and are NOW moving up to the big leagues where they get a gun and vehicle and no radiation burns from xrays.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bmarvel @Montemalone 

One uses minimum force, the other is trained to use maximum force.

the essential difference between military intervention in foreign countries an a policing operation in CONUS.

hence the Posse Comitatus Act.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bmarvel 

Now you are being obtuse.

Only Congress can suspend Posse Comitatus.  Not the President by Executive Order.

The President is not King.  Ever hear that phrase?


bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantx@bmarvelAnd this differs from what we have now in that....?

Well, it does interpose an additional layer -- Congress. And Congress has shown itself so ready and able to promptly arrive at a consensus on important matters. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bmarvel @holmantx 

Aw gee you really got me on that one.

Hmmm.  Maybe police forces backed up by the state guard under the direction of the governor of that state?  If he or she has to, possibly request federal troops if the Congress addresses Posse Comitatus and assigns emergency power to the President?

bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantxholmantx -- let me ask you flat out a question you've dodged again and again:


In the event of a general collapse into violent anarchy, who do you think ought to restore order?

marmy
marmy

@holmantx& Bmarvel, you don't need to go back to Watt's or Colorado in 1913 to see what happens in the event of a civil breakdown. New Orleans right after Katrina is a perfect example. Local Law Enforcement went off the deep end. Confiscating people's firearms that were stranded at their homes in flooded areas and leaving them with no way to protect what was left of their property or for safety. Law Enforcement Officers were implicated in several murders and Federal trials are still taking place over some of those murder/executions. You really believe these groups would be looking out for your safety in the event of a catastrophe here.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bmarvel @holmantx 

In our history, we did not have an internal security apparatus that is militarizing local police forces as a proxy to get around Posse Comitatus.

Watts Riots in 68 - how would that play out in 2014? let's say three or four metros riot. because that is the most likely scenario that will mobilize Homeland Security against the people.  .

So you don't have a problem with military force on Americans?

Now think about it - do we really need a force of this scale?  No doubt you can cook up in your brain some scenario that we might conceivably need to deploy troops to quell unrest however, if they don't exist they cannot be used.

Finally, the military, police and fire take essentially the same oath, and this organization popped up after President Bush signed Homeland Rule 20:

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/

They certainly think we have a growing problem.  

So at least entertain the notion there may be a problem that needs to be monitored.  


bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantx@bmarvelAbout that "Presidential directives declare national emergencies under continuity of government'," holmantx -- how many times has that actually happened in our history?

Let's take the argument a little further: Assuming there might come a day when there is a complete economic collapse, a national breakdown in law and order. Who do you recommend should restore order? What agencies or forces?

There is an interesting precedent, here. In 1913 Colorado's coal miners went on strike. The result was violence between strikers and coal company goons. Governor sent in the State Milita, which was supposed to separate the combatants and restore order. But the ranks of the militia soon filled up with those same company goons. The result was th infamous Ludlow Massacre. At that point striking miners took over southern Colorado.

President Wilson sent in Federal troops who maintained a strict neutrality. The militia was sent home, order was restored. The strike soon ended. The miners lost, but the coal companies initiated some widespread and needed reforms.

What do you think should have e been done under he circumstances?


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@r.ray.williams @holmantx 

the first rule to be tossed when government troops fear a loss of control.

and think about why you are reverting to military terminology about firing on American citizens in the Continental United States.

Now Trending

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...